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Obituaries

September 22, 2015

Obituary: Peter Smereka

Peter Smereka, professor of mathematics, died Sept. 15 after suffering an unexpected heart attack.

September 14, 2015

Obituary: Robin Barlow

Robin Barlow, professor emeritus of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, died at home in Augusta, Michigan, on Aug. 23 after a long illness. He was 81.

Robin Barlow

August 14, 2015

Obituary: John Henry Holland

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science and complex systems, died peacefully Aug. 9 at the age of 86.

Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science.

August 11, 2015

Obituary: John H. Romani

John H. Romani, professor emeritus of public health administration in the School of Public Health, died July 8 in Ann Arbor. He was 90.

July 10, 2015

Obituary: Jacob Myron Price

Jacob Myron Price, professor emeritus of history, LSA, died after a long illness May 6 at Glacier Hills retirement and nursing facility in Ann Arbor.        

May 1, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Robert A. Green

Physician, teacher, author, actor, poet, storyteller, violinist — husband, father, step-father and grandfather — Dr. Robert Abraham Green died April 13 at the age of 89.

Dr. Robert A. Green

April 24, 2015

Obituary: Victor Streeter

Victor Streeter, a U-M alum and former Civil and Environmental Engineering professor, died April 15 at the age of 105.

Victor Streeter

April 1, 2015

Jon Lockard, DAAS lecturer and co-founder, dies at 83

Jon Onye Lockard, 83, lecturer and a founding faculty member of the Department of Afromerican and African Studies, died March 25 in Ann Arbor.

Lockard, a native Detroiter, also was a professor emeritus at Washtenaw Community College, where he taught life drawing and portraiture for more than 40 years.

March 27, 2015

Obituary: Ananthakrishnan Aiyer

Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, associate professor of anthropology and department chair of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint, died March 20 after a brief illness.

March 20, 2015

Obituary: Robert F. Dernberger

Robert F. Dernberger was a scholar, one of the world's foremost experts on the Chinese economy. He relished the simple pleasures of life and loved his family fiercely. He lived a rich, colorful life and was an exceptional raconteur.

He died March 5 at the age of 85.

March 6, 2015

Obituary: Lois Wladis Hoffman

Emeritus professor Lois Wladis Hoffman of the University of Michigan Department of Psychology died Feb. 13, following a long siege of Alzheimer's disease.

Lois Wladis Hoffman

March 6, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Karen R. Fonde

At 40, Karen Rhea Fonde achieved a longtime ambition: She walked across the stage at Hill Auditorium to receive her diploma as a medical doctor from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Karen Rhea Fonde

March 2, 2015

Obituary: Donald J. Lewis, professor emeritus of mathematics

Donald J. Lewis, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Feb. 25 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Minnesota, to William and Eleanor Lewis, he was the oldest of eight children. He married Carolyn Dana Hauf in 1953 in Ann Arbor.

February 20, 2015

Obituary: Cecil DeGrotte Eby Jr.

Cecil DeGrotte Eby Jr., aged 87, retired professor of English, died peacefully Feb. 15, with his two daughters by his side.

February 13, 2015

Obituary: Dr. Sarla P. Kothary

Dr. Sarla P. Kothary

Dr. Sarla P. Kothary, a researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology and Neurology, died Jan. 20 at home in her husband's (Dr. Piyush C. Kothary) arms.

January 9, 2015

Obituary: Victor M. Hawthorne

Victor M. Hawthorne, professor emeritus of epidemiology in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and in the Department of Family Practice in the School of Medicine, died in Lansing, Michigan, on Nov. 23, 2014, of heart failure. He was 93.

January 9, 2015

Obituary: Hansford White ‘Bill’ Farris

Hansford White “Bill” Farris, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, died Dec. 7, 2014, in Gainesville, Florida. He was 95. 

Hansford White 'Bill' Farris

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